A Brief Illustrated History of Machines and Mechanisms by Emilio Bautista Paz, Marco Ceccarelli, Javier Echávarri

By Emilio Bautista Paz, Marco Ceccarelli, Javier Echávarri Otero, José Luis Muñoz Sanz

This paintings offers with mechanical production techniques in background, tested during the machines linked to these procedures. a device is simply integrated whether it is a part of a desktop device, with units made from relocating components. as soon as the analytical box has been marked out, the selected descriptive process is largely graphic.
This ancient compendium makes an attempt to offer a wide-angle view of historic improvement with no making an in-depth research of every of the examples awarded. furthermore, this publication illustrates the old improvement of machines and mechanisms extra from a technical perspective instead of a strictly historical past of technological know-how viewpoint because the authors are mechanical engineers who're and influenced to ascertain the main major evidence of their personal quarter of information of the idea of Machines and Mechanisms. an entire knowing of the historic improvement of know-how additionally wishes the aid of specialists in technical concerns who can take pleasure in and re-examine bygone achievements within the mild in their personal technical wisdom. extra collaboration among technological know-how historians and technical specialists is required, as is at the moment the case within the box of business Archaeology. hence, this e-book is usually an try to set out a technical method of the ancient improvement of machines and mechanisms, yet with no too many technical info that would hinder its knowing being only historical.
At the start of every bankruptcy there's a international connection with the interval embraced, the main appropriate proof, and the main major treatises within the context of laptop heritage. Following this creation each one bankruptcy features a sequence of sections at the kinds of machines which are consultant of the interval analysed including illustrations to accompany the textual content. a reasonably broad bibliography allows the reader to make a deeper ancient research.

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This solution involves gearwheels for each chariot wheel that is connected to a differential gear train, which locates the figure on top. 19 shows details of the mechanical assembly. Its operation works like a differential gear assembly. If the chariot moves along a straight line, the figure shaft does not to rotate. If the chariot turns, the wheels have different rotation speeds, which causes the upright shaft to rotate and thus the figure shaft rotates with it. On Clocks and Automatons 35 Much later, Su Song amazed the country by building an astronomical clock whose a reference is reported in his book, “Xin Yi Xiang Fa Yao”.

Chinese technology not only evolved due to its engineers’ brilliant minds but also because of a need to be superior to its neighbouring enemies. The catapult was a basic element in ancient wars and the first known written reference to it is in the Mohist texts from the Period of the Warring States (fifth to third century BC). These texts describe the first version of what was later to be identified as a human powered catapult. These catapults were used to defend city walls by launching burning coals and logs or bottles of poison gas against the enemy.

On Clocks and Automatons One example of progress that was much beyond the comprehension of the rest of the world is “the south-pointing chariot” (“Chih nan chhê”) that was built between 2600–1100 BC. The first written reference to it is found in a paragraph of “Sung Shu” (“History of the Sung Dynasty”) by Shen Yueh in 500 AD: “The southpointing chariot was first built by the Duke of Chou (first millennium before Christ) as a sure means of pointing the way home to those who had to return from a great distance beyond the borders”.

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